NY v. Trump: Michael Cohen testifies he’s considering congressional run

Former President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is considering a run for Congress.

The confession came Monday on the witness stand during Cohen’s fourth day of testimony in New York v. Trump.

Cohen told the court he plans to run for Congress because he has “the highest profile.” He did not elaborate on whether he would run in New York or as a Republican or Democrat.

When Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche pressed Cohen on whether he owed his name recognition to Trump, Cohen answered that his name became famous in part because of his work for Trump. However, he explained that it was not because of Mr. Trump.

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On December 12, 2018, Michael Cohen, then-President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, arrived in federal court for his sentencing hearing. (Eduardo Muñoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

“I’m known because of the journey I’ve been on,” Cohen said.

His testimony in a Manhattan courtroom came as he said he has been working on a TV show about himself, “The Fixer,” but that it has not yet been picked up by a network.

The Washington Post reports that Cohen has previously hinted at running for Congress, including earlier this month when he said on his TikTok account that he would run as a Democrat.

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“I’m interested and a lot of people are encouraging me to run,” Cohen said last year about the possibility of running for Congress in comments to Semaphore.

He also ran as a Republican for New York City Council in the early 2000s, Spectrum News previously reported. The Democrat defeated Cohen for the seat.

Michael Cohen on the stand in a courtroom sketch

Michael Cohen is the defense attorney in Manhattan state court during former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial on charges of falsifying business records to hide money he paid to hush porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016. Under cross-examination by Todd Blanche, he is asked about his oath. New York City, May 16, 2024 Courtroom Sketches. (Reuters/Jane Rosenberg)

Cohen is a disbarred lawyer who was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to charges including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. Mr. Cohen’s testimony in New York v. Trump includes details last week that Mr. Cohen also lied under oath to Judge William H. Pauley, who sentenced him to three years in prison.

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Former President Trump is awaiting the start of proceedings in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on Monday, April 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, pool)

Mr. Cohen has been denounced as a “fraud” by some critics and legal experts. Last week, Robert Costello, a lawyer who once advised Cohen, testified before Congress that Cohen is a serial liar.

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New York v. Trump focuses on prosecutors The team used business records 34 times to hide the $130,000 that President Trump paid to former porn star Stormy Daniels to silence allegations of an affair with him ahead of the 2016 election. I’m trying to prove that I tampered with the . Mr. Trump maintains his innocence in the case and has repeatedly denied his relationship with Mr. Daniels.

Stormy Daniels on the witness stand at Trump trial, courtroom sketch

Stormy Daniels is questioned by defense attorney Susan Necheles during former President Trump’s criminal trial on charges he falsified business records to conceal payments made to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City on May 9, 2024. Courtroom sketch. (Reuters/Jane Rosenberg)

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President Trump gave a brief address to the media Monday morning as the court opened nearly an hour earlier than its usual 9:30 a.m. start time, saying the case is being pushed by the Biden administration and the Justice Department toward the 2024 election. He blamed and lamented that he had done so. He is said to have been away from campaigning because of the trial.

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A CNN panel recently agreed that the gag order imposed on former President Trump during his trial in New York should also apply to other trial witnesses. (Victory McNamee/Poole, via Reuters)


“That’s an attack [President Biden’s] Political enemy. That’s all. Everything you’ve seen over the past four weeks, most of it probably wasn’t even talked about. Besides, there is no crime. And we continue every day. And I have to go to Iowa and say, “Sorry, I can’t go.” I said to New Hampshire, “Sorry, I can’t go.” It sits in an icebox all day,” he said.